- Westwood takes upper hand into last day of battle for golf’s ultimate prize after outstanding third day of Dubai World Championship
Lee Westwood takes a two-shot lead into the final day of the Dubai World Championship presented by: DP World, putting him five shots ahead of Rory McIlroy in the battle for The Race to Dubai.
The Englishman's 32 on the back nine contributed to a six-under 66 on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. However, McIlroy will be kicking himself after bogeys on each of the last three holes dropped him to a three-under 69 for the day and 10-under for the tournament.
Ross McGowan, who started the day in second place for the tournament, kept pace with a 66 to finish at 13-under. He will be paired again tomorrow with Westwood, who lies at 15-under.
McGowan, ranked 29th in the Race to Dubai at the start of the tournament, could almost double his season's winnings with a victory tomorrow.
The other two main contenders for The Race to Dubai, Martin Kaymer and Ross Fisher, each finished the day at two-under. Both admitted their chances to win The Race to Dubai had gone, leaving a two-way fight between McIlroy and Westwood.
Although all eyes tomorrow will be on the battle to be crowned Europe's number one golfer, Westwood says he has put all thoughts to the back of his mind.
"All I'm concerned about is this tournament, and I've said that all week," Westwood said. "I think I'm proving that that is the way to go about things.
"I'm playing really well. This is I think as good as I feel like I've swung it and played almost all year. I played really well in Portugal. I think it's at least on a par with that, if not a bit better."
Today’s play was watched by 21,430 spectators, taking the overall capacity for three days to more than 43,000.